I’m guessing you already know about Diego Rivera, Frida Khalo’s husband, lover, ex-husband and lover again or however their love story goes.
Diego Rivera is Mexico’s most known character of the Mexican movement for artist nationalism. Definitely not the only one and not the beginner of the movement. It all starts wit Dr. Atl and his Atl Colors or water colors. Atl means water in Náhuatl.
Dr. Atl was actively involved in the Revolutionary Movement, supporting Venustiano Carranza and encouraging young artist as José Clemente Orozco and David Alfaro Siquerios to view art as social work.
Orozco is my favorite Mexican artist followed by Siqueiros, I just love the energy and bold expressions in their art. When I look at their work I can actually picture the events happening in my mind.
MUNAL, the National Museum of Art, has a permanent collection of these three artists. Through its rooms you can get a glimpse of Mexico’s history during the second part of the 16th century and the first half of the 20th century.
Muralism and the art developed during this time is a post-revolutionary movement. Through their work, artists show Mexico’s reality seen through their eyes, life experiences and perception.
If you are not into history and art, the building itself it beautiful and is worth your time and money. Just take a look at this picture of one of my favorite contemporary artists that shows a new lighter and happier Mexico, Tamara Gervitz.